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AB 529 (LOWENTHAL) BIT REFORM BILL
10/4/2013

Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 529 by Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal into law. The California Trucking Association (CTA) has long supported this reform of the old Biennial Inspection at Terminal (BIT) program and is very pleased to see the Governor move California forward to a more efficient and effective BIT program.

AB 529 amends the existing BIT program to target limited inspection resources at carriers who represent a greater safety risk based on the use of accident and inspection data already available. Carriers who demonstrate a strong safety record will benefit from fewer business interruptions and the general public will see safer roads ahead.

The new law also improves efficiency of the BIT program by making the inspection payable to DMV along with the annual Motor Carrier of Property (MCP) permit. This change relieves to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) of the fee collection responsibility, allowing a greater focus on inspections, and increases compliance with fee payment by tying it to the MCP.

The new BIT will utilize data currently available from state and federal authorities to better identify carriers who show a pattern of issues likely to lead to accidents and directs CHP inspection officers to those motor carriers. While largely modeled after the federal Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA) program, the new BIT will address issues that have troubled the industry with CSA, such as crash causation and a more balanced weighting of violations.

The law, which takes effect on January 1, 2014, requires CHP to develop regulations implementing the new BIT and CTA will be an integral part of the working group with CHP and other industry groups subject to the BIT program. Look for more info from CTA’s regulatory affairs staff as the new year rolls around.

HTA & CTA applaud Governor Brown’s action to improve California’s already nation-leading safety program and looks forward to working with the CHP to help fulfill the promise of a better system and safer roads.

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